2004 Toyota Avalon User Reviews

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    2004 Toyota Avalon XLS Review
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    35

    Dream Car — Show your car some love, and you'll get it back in spades. I wanted a good sized sedan, that was reliable so I could travel, knew I could trust a Toyota and I was right. NOW I just need to find the right solution to scratched paint that keeps from repainting the whole thing.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Everything I thought it would be, reliable w/ plenty of space, stylish I love it

    Cons: thought it would get better gas mileage, not seeing many options available to make customizations I'd like to

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    Buy One, But Get A Day Or Two Of Driving Experience With It First. — some of the dash controls were not well thought out. however that can be a personal issue rather than a manufactuer fault. thats just one minor reason why i say drive this vehicle for some hours first, before buying. put it through some rugged test driving. dont just think comfort and reliability. get down to some details or after your purchase you will be saying things like " why didnt i notice that before". there can be a blind spot if your mirrors are ill adjusted. fuel econ will be about 20 city, 25 hwy and that may vary 1 or 2 mpgs. all in all if you like camrys, and generally toyotas, you wont be disappointed in this car. finally if you really want more refinement, power, and even fuel economy find a low milage 2005 and try it out. believe me there is a difference in the 04 and 05. sometimes i question why i didnt go for the 05 model instead. money interfered with my decision. but let me tell you a few likes on the 05 avalon. nicer dash layout and interior. way more power and better fuel econ. dual exhaust. some plushier refinements with the seats and trunk. a few other neat power options. my biggest dislike was in the window height profile which made me feel like i was down in a barrel. cant explain it better than that.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: generally nothing bad.  just a reputable build by toyota.  has the same 3.0 v6 engine as earlier camrys and avalons so is comparable in power and gas mileage as any other of the same type models.  however the avalon provides a more sophisticated ride and driver management controls then the typical camry fully loaded.  the 2004 is the last of that series.  2005 they got better.

    Cons: the leather seats are a bit stiff, not supple like a 50/60 thousand $ car.  still not uncomfortable.  the interior noise could be better as i expected an overall more quieter ride.  wind noise and road noise are both apparent.  not oboxious but there. the road noise might be abated with a more expensive set of hwy type tires with non agressive tread.  mine were just avaerage all weather tires.

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    2004 Toyota Avalon XL Review
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    Love My Car — it is the best car i have ever had it runs great no breakdown speedy and incredible fuel efficiency i would like to ride the new avalon limited the best car from the makers of toyota i would say this is second Lexus

    Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

    Pros: love it

    Cons: nothing

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    2004 Toyota Avalon XLS Review
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    Avalon '04 — Good acceleration vut not a sports car. Built quality - very solid, brakes last a lifetime, no major repairs in 90K plus miles. Appearance - still a beaut after 5 years. Cost of ownership, very little. Fun factor, not built for fun but for comfort.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: reliability and comfort

    Cons: None

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    An Old Man's Car, Nothing Interesting About It — Unlike most of the cars I've driven that I've listed, this is one of the few that doesn't come from work. This one is my dad's car. I actually had a choice to gain the keys to this car and I chose not to and instead exclusively drive the Cressida instead. This car just isn't for me, I just don't enjoy driving in this car...I actually enjoy sleeping in it instead. The 3.0L V6 engine this car gets is actually old, the same engine from the 1995 Avalon yet despite being 9 years old by the time of this car its still a good engine. Powerful enough but more importantly very smooth and quiet. When it comes to corners this car's soft suspension fails to impress, its turning radius is also mediocre. Its actually very American...made for straight lines...the Europeans would hate it. Inside the leather is of good quality and the car is relatively well equipped but there's nothing significant or special about it. A lot of the wood grain plastic in this car was very unnecessary, I thought it was overdone. The rest of the plastics are disappointing in quality versus Toyotas from the 80s and early 90s. Whatever chrome pieces it has are of low quality, they peel easily revealing themselves looking rather like iron which is ugly. Build quality is mostly good but some of the fit and finish on this car wasn't consistent ie. some pieces don't lineup like its supposed to. The car has been quite reliable and the engine thanks to valve timing makes it decent with fuel. The main problem with this car is its just not enjoyable to drive. Its the sort of car you want in a taxicab. Spacious, comfortable and quiet. All the items that concern passengers is done well here. The exterior is very American looking from the front. Its clear this car wants to target Buick...I'm not sure why though because that's a niche market. Truly a car for someone 60+ years, if your 40 or younger this car just doesn't suit you.

    Pros: Passenger comfort is excellent, large dimensions

    Cons: Poor driving dynamics, extremely conventional

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    2004 Toyota Avalon XLS Review
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    Best Sedan For The Money — This sedan has all the space of a BMW 745Li for thousands less. Also has Toyota's reliability.

    Pros: Lots of room to stretch out, long list of standard features.

    Cons: Goes through brakes very quickly. 4 speed automatic

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    Reviews From Other Years

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    2013 Toyota Avalon Reviews

    Wonderful!! By Diakonos

    This was my dream car and it is still is today! I am so glad I found the deal that I did and that I am able to drive this beauty!! I would highly recommend an Avalon to anyone who wants a great ride, ... Read More

    Enjoying The Ride! By 010F83

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    2012 Toyota Avalon Reviews

    It's An Avalon, What More Can You Expect. By ncee

    This is my 4th Avalon. I traded my 2013 Avalon in on this 2012 and I'm glad I did. This is much more the Avalon that I like and got accustom to driving. Smooth, quiet, comfortable. While the 2013 had... Read More

    Very Good Traveling Car I Would Recommend For Anyone Needing A Car To Travel. By migration_Pullett

    Did not like the body style when we purchased the car. This is the 2012 model the last year before they changed the body style. Also if you are traveling with 4 or 5 passengers the trunk is a little t... Read More

    2011 Toyota Avalon Reviews

    Great Looking By Helen

    great acceleration. quiet, smooth ride. beautiful car, both inside and out. love GPS and sound system. cannot beat the heated and cooling front seats. main complaint is less trunk space than previ... Read More

    I Still Love My "geezer Pleaser" And They Are Getting Hard To Find. By OldMoparNut

    Not this car, but Toyota in my opinion has ruined the ride quality of 2012 Camry and 2013 Avalon, which used to be very smooth riding on rough and worn out roads. Now tuned more "Sporty", not what I ... Read More

    2010 Toyota Avalon Reviews

    Great Car For The Money By bobdotc

    very popular car and parts are easy to find but are more expensive. good stability at high speeds and cornering. Lots of leg room with the fully adjustable wheel and seat. V6 has great acceleration an... Read More

    Very Good. Very Dependable...would Provide My Daughter With One (if I Had A Daughter) By JoeV3

    I love the quite and comfort, with the leather interior, of this car. .There are no rattles. This car should last a long time, with comfort and dependability over many cars. I love the power respon... Read More

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